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Jussie Smollett’s Fake Noose hate hoax probably helped get passed in the U.S. Senate last week a bill on the burning issue of making lynching a federal crime that was sponsored by Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Tim Scott.

Photos of Jussie and Kamala standing together at rallies suggest that Kamala clearly knew Jussie, as her quick Tweet suggested:

Interestingly, Jussie’s mom’s maiden name is Harris, same as Kamala’s dad. On the other hand, Harris is a quite common name. Donald Harris has deep Jamaican roots, while Jussie’s mom is said to be from New Orleans. So, if they are related, it’s probably not too closely.

I’d say it’s more likely that Kamala and Jussie’s clan are less relatives than acquaintances from many years in the worlds of left activism and celebrity. Here’s a 2016 NYT article on the huge Smollett family, which has been on TV since the 1990s:

The Smollett Family Business: Acting and Activism

By Melena Ryzik, March 9, 2016

… The Smolletts have also been outspoken politically and, since their school years, devoted to causes like H.I.V./AIDS prevention and ending apartheid. They were raised in the orbit of the Black Panthers and, lately, have lent their voices to the Black Lives Matter movement. Their trajectory, from child stars to successful adults, is born of their family and its history of activism.

“Their sense of justice is very strong, and it permeates everything that they do,” said Alfre Woodard, who has known Jussie and Jurnee since they were children; they worked with her at the nonprofit Artists for a New South Africa. “They’re like a model sibling unit. They look out for each other, all the time. And they all reach across and say, ‘O.K., I got my foot in this door; here, grab my hand, we’re going in together.’”

“Raised on a diet of classic films (they’ll gladly quote the 1945 version of “Mildred Pierce”), Jussie and Jurnee still count their mother, Janet Smollett, as their only acting coach. An African-American from New Orleans, Ms. Smollett met their father, Joel Smollett Sr., a Russian-Polish Jew, in the Bay Area, where they campaigned for civil rights. “My mom was in the movement with Bobby Seale and Huey Newton, and one of her first mentors was Julian Bond,” Mr. Smollett said of the Black Panther founders and the civil rights leader. “To this day, Angela Davis is one of her dearest friends. We’ve spent Mother’s Day with Angela.””

That gave extra resonance to a sequence in “Empire” last season, when Jamal and his onscreen brother Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) dressed as Black Panthers as part of a music-video shoot. Besides seeding the family with an early progressive ethos — Jussie and Jurnee were both with Artists for a New South Africa as teenagers, “and it was not fake work,” Ms. Woodard said of their fund-raising efforts and off-camera visits to orphanages — the activism also had an impact on their sense of worth.

So, yes, Jussie’s mom’s maiden surname is the same, “Harris,” as Kamala’s dad’s surname. But … “Harris” is a common name. And her mom is described as an African-American from New Orleans, while Professor Donald Harris has deep roots in Jamaica. On the other hand, New Orleans is a port city. But I’d say only maybe a 10% chance that Jussie and Kamala are closely related.

But they may be acquainted from well back because the Smolletts were leftist activists, and they lived in Santa Rosa, about 50 miles north of San Francisco. Kamala tended to be more establishment centrist, like her mentor the Assembly speaker and San Francisco mayor Willie Brown. But Democrats tend to have a no enemies to the left policy.

On the other hand, I strongly doubt that Kamala, a lawyer and former prosecutor, advised Jussie to stage a hate hoax and file a false police complaint about it. Still, in the factors inspiring Jussie’s uninspired hate hoax, helping out Senator Kamala’s campaign by boosting her anti-lynching bill might number in Jussie’s less than razor-sharp mind.

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  1. Anon[307] • Disclaimer says:

    The New York Post has an article on bogus Trump era hate crimes, 14 examples besides Smollett.

    Unfortunately they use “bogus hate crimes” instead of “hate hoaxes.”

    • Replies: @anon
  2. As much as I despise both individuals I doubt there was any conspiracy between them regarding this incident.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  3. The Establishment seems to like Senator Harris enough to suppress BadThink like this.

  4. Anon[307] • Disclaimer says:

    “My mom was in the movement with Bobby Seale and Huey Newton, and one of her first mentors was Julian Bond,” Mr. Smollett said of the Black Panther founders and the civil rights leader.

    “Mentored” in the Willie Brown sense?

    In 1970 she was 18 and he was 30.

    By the way, the body double looks like Jake Smollett.

  5. OT – Who Knew Department

    Who could have guessed that lesbians are fatter than straight broads? And that bung buggerers are skinnier than womanizers?

    Or that there’s a word for someone who isn’t scared of queers, but has an innate dislike or disgust for them? “Heterosexism” – and it’s even in my dictionary when I look it up on my phone. It’s about time I had a word for the multitudes who aren’t homophobic but don’t like poofters or razorphobes: heterosexist.

    Did iSteve coin this one too?

  6. wren says:

    I’m wondering how close Kamala is to Donald, her dad, who was a “post-keynsian” economist at Stanford, and sometimes described as a Marxian.

    Her parents divorced early, and as far as I know she has never written anything about any dreams from her father.

    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
    , @fitzGetty
  7. bucky says:

    Kamala Harris recently put out a non-apology regarding the situation.

    This really hurts her the most. I don’t think that she fully realizes how much trouble she is in here. Fox News has picked up on this rather quickly as well.

    • Agree: Jett Rucker
    • Replies: @Hidden Cat
  8. Then there’s the undeniable fact that both Klam & Juicy prove that while many claim the Jews control media and politics, they definitely aren’t taking the hottest broads as spoils of conquest.

  9. “They’re like a model sibling unit. They look out for each other, all the time. And they all reach across and say, ‘O.K., I got my foot in this door; here, grab my hand, we’re going in together.’”

    So, if Jussie gets charged and/or convicted for false hate hoax, etc., does this mean that the Smollett siblings will go out together (as in, fall out of favor with Hollywood) as well?

    I’m sorry, but the name looks like a retarded way for a six year old who can’t spell the name Jessie. It looks retarded.

    • Replies: @Yngvar
  10. Donald Harris proudly discusses Kamala’s Jamaican heritage on this Jamaican Diaspora website.

    Kamala’s father was deeply upset over Kamala’s recent Jamaican marijuana joke.

    “My dear departed grandmothers(whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents , must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”

    The website argues that it was the Hindus who first brought the ganja to Jamaica.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    , @Clyde
  11. istevefan says:

    But I’d say only maybe a 10% chance that Jussie and Kamala are closely related.

    The question is not how closely related Jussie and Kamala are, but how closely related were their ancestral slave owners. If Harris is a name that both of those families inherited from their respective slave owners, then there might be some relation between a wealthy plantation-owning Harris in Jamaica and one in the US south.

    • Replies: @sayless
  12. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    What’s embarrassing and damning for Kamala is she’s a former prosecutor–yet bought the dubious tale immediately. Did she learn nothing?
    From that follows a more damning conclusion: of course she knows better, so her blundering into the mess reveals not naivete, but dishonesty. The last thing she expected was it would be proven a hoax.
    It was supposed to, at the least, remain no more than a story all are compelled to believe.

    A rival Dem might emphasize her rush to judgement. Indicative of an overzealous prosecutor who likes putting people in jail.If they weren’t all compromised by the case.

  13. Jack D says:

    As of now, the party line is that Jussie did this for selfish reasons solely in order to up his pay on Empire. It’s good that his family is supporting him because he’s not going to have any friends left.

  14. eah says:

    How close are you to the two of them? — since you call them by their first names.

    • Replies: @Currahee
  15. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    Her Jamaican dad looks very white in the photo l saw.

    • Replies: @adreadline
  16. Let’s play Six Degrees of Jussie Smollett.

    This appears to be a noose string operation, so if Smollett keeps his mouth shut, he might not have to worry about a Meyer Lansky errand boy coming along and taking out the suspect.

  17. @Stan d Mute

    Don’t worry, I’m sure plenty of people would find you disgusting too if they saw you having sex.

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
  18. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    Dad’s severe language reveals a spliff, er, rift. The tight-knit Smollets they are not.

    • Replies: @sayless
  19. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    l’m sure they’re not very close now, whatever the case.
    Here’s footage of Jussie reporting his deed to Kamasutra:
    “You gotta help me now”

  20. PaceLaw says:

    Hey Steve, you failed to highlight the biracial component between these 2. Something tells me that they bonded in their biracial lineage and how it’s “hard it is to navigate the world as a biracial person” misery porn. You know, victim helping victim.

  21. Kamala has announced that she’s ‘Sad, frustrated, and disappointed’ that the ‘modern day lynching’ isn’t real. But added what we all know in our hearts to be true: it’s all too real, each and every day. In a very real sense. Real talk, fam.

  22. Svigor says:

    I did a couple of quick searches for juicy Kamala quotes on the Smollett case, made before it exploded in Big Media’s face. Interestingly, this is all I found:

    That hasn’t aged well, but Kirsten Gillibrand, for example, was noticeably less circumspect:

    I wonder if, somewhere in the back of her mind, Harris really did know Jussie pretty well.

    Current top comment on Gillibrand’s tweet:

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  23. dvorak says:

    Ms. Smollett met their father, Joel Smollett Sr., a Russian-Polish Jew

    Jussie could have been America’s Rabbi, succeeding Shmuley.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  24. …Harris is a quite common name.

    Sho ’nuff ‘n’ yes it is:

    Harris is the 15th most popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is 0.275%; percentile is 7.109

    Sailer is the 17,580th most popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is 0.001%; percentile is 76.821

  25. @Svigor

    I wonder if, somewhere in the back of her mind, Harris really did know Jussie pretty well.

    If you mean in the Biblical sense, it would have been on the up-high. Considering his predilections.

    • Replies: @Svigor
  26. MEH 0910 says:

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Commenter
  27. Steve did a great job of noticing Donald Trump’s good luck during the 2016 campaign. Contrast that with Kamala’s luck so far, when it comes to running for president ,the woman appears to be unlucky.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  28. Whiskey says: • Website

    Didn’t Rick Springfield have a hit “Jussie’s Xirl” back in the 1980s?

    “You know
    I wish that I had Jussie’s Xirl
    I wish that I had Jussie’s Xirl
    Where can I find a Xirl like that”

  29. Svigor says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    LOL, no, smartass, I dint mean in the Biblical sense. He was busy being “oppressed” by 2 Niger dudes.

  30. @TheMediumIsTheMassage

    I’m sure plenty of people would find you disgusting too if they saw you having sex.

    HaHa, shows what you don’t know maroon, when I take Louise out behind the barn the entire herd follows and enthusiastically bleats its encouraging approval.

    What you seem to be saying is that I shouldn’t have giant parades looking like a naked shepherds convention down Main Street, insert my porno into every Hollywood production, or force children to think of wool in a new way. You’re just a deplorable bestiaphobe.

    Besides, one hardly needs to see me engaged in my own private barnyard activities to induce disgust. My comments on this blog suffice for most.

    • LOL: jim jones
  31. @Angular momentum

    Trump’s luck ran out in the 2018 midterms with the synagogue shooting.

    • Replies: @Corn
  32. @bucky

    She blew it in a doorway ambush in NH. Deer in headlights and that stupid laugh. Clip pops up all over the internet.

  33. “Just because it was a hoax doesn’t make it untrue.”

  34. sayless says:

    Kamala is the great-granddaughter of Jamaican slaveowners. Harris is a genuinely familial name in her case.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  35. sayless says:
    @Dennis Dale

    She may have been an embarrassment to him with his associates at Stanford during her Willie Brown days.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  36. @Clifford Brown

    Donald’s a pretty pale Jamaican, and I see her mother was Tamil.

    “The website argues that it was the Hindus who first brought the ganja to Jamaica.”

    I think that’s pretty likely. West Africans in the days of slavery had no tradition of cannabis use. Indians (and South Africans) did. It’s all over Africa these days, mind you.

    “Cannabis is thought to have been introduced to Africa by early Arab or Indian Hindu travelers. It was already in popular use in South Africa by the indigenous Khoisan and Bantu peoples prior to European settlement in the Cape in 1652, and was traditionally used by Basotho to ease childbirth. According to author Hazel Crampton, old Afrikaner recipes for teas and foods exist which make use of the plant. Use of the plant was associated with traditional African populations and a lower economic status.

    Beginning in 1860, the Natal Colony began to import Indian workers (called “coolies” at the time) to supplement their labour force. These Indians brought with them the habit of consuming cannabis and hashish, which blended with local, extant African traditions. The European authorities were concerned by this practice, believing it sapped the vitality of their workers…”

    • Replies: @Anon
  37. … The Smolletts …were raised in the orbit of the Black Panthers and, lately, have lent their voices to the Black Lives Matter …

    Here’s what an actual Black Panther, Bobby Rush, who is these days a Congressman from Illinois, said, after initially having bought into the story. He gets the tone right.

    “I am beyond disappointed and extremely infuriated at Smollett’s brazen, devious, and disgraceful behavior,” Rush said in a statement. “I am outraged that he orchestrated an inflammatory story, which he knew would further divide this nation. He was aware that hate crimes are on the rise and — in an act of self-centered desperation and stupidity — he tried to inject himself into the center of a narrative that is rightfully focused on actual victims.”

    Rush praised the Chicago police for their “relentless” investigation of the case and said that Smollett should be held “fully accountable for his disgusting, deplorable, and despicable actions.”

    By contrast, Kamala Harris led with

    Like most of you, I’ve seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I’m sad, frustrated, and disappointed…

    • Replies: @Toño Bungay
  38. @Stan d Mute

    Males are turned on by physical/visual things, of which weight (or lack of) is definitely one. Women, not so much (on average – YMMV).

    So the differences between homosexual men and homosexual women aren’t surprising. Incentives matter, and homosexual men have incentives to stay in shape. And the stereotype of the fat lesbian gets confirmation.

    “We found that women who identify as lesbian or bisexual are at an increased risk of being overweight or obese, compared to heterosexual women”. She said this was “worrying” because being overweight and obese are known risk factors for a number of conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and early death.

    “Conversely, gay and bisexual men are more likely than heterosexual men to be underweight, and there is growing evidence that being underweight is linked to a range of health problems too, including excess deaths,” Dr Semlyen said. “We also found that gay men are significantly less likely than straight men to be overweight or obese.”

    When you think of the number of overweight heterosexual women … lordy. And I presume by “at an increased risk of being overweight or obese” the researchers mean they ARE overweight or obese.

    • Replies: @Anon
  39. “… the burning issue of making lynching a federal crime ….”

    I guess Federal, state, and local laws against murder are not enough. How many new laws will it until we finally eradicate crime?

  40. Clyde says:
    @Clifford Brown

    Forbidden! Do not say the word spliff to Kams father.

  41. Yngvar says:

    I’m sorry, but the name looks like a retarded way for a six year old who can’t spell the name Jessie.

    Maybe he is named after Jussi Björling, the world famous Swedish opera singer.

  42. TheJester says:
    @Stan d Mute

    The article relates that homosexual and bisexual men tend to be underweight compared to heterosexual men, creating a number of health issues including a shorter life span.

    My presumption is that homosexual and bisexual men are often underweight due to their lifestyle … drugs, alcohol, intestinal diseases, and other medical issues associated with their sexual practices that, naturally, affect lifespan. There is also the phenomenon of the “twink” in homosexual society, which puts a premium on looking young, fail, vulnerable, and effeminate.

    Lesbians being overweight relative to heterosexual women? I haven’t a clue.

    • Replies: @TheMediumIsTheMassage
  43. anon[393] • Disclaimer says:

    i dont think hoaxes is helpful at this point they are crimes not jokes

  44. @Dennis Dale

    Donald Harris doesn’t really look white. Maybe in Jamaica? Last year, another commenter here mentioned how an acquaintance of his was considered white in Jamaica, but black in the United States (he was ”maybe a little lighter than Neymar”).

  45. Clyde says:

    Kamala is the great-granddaughter of Jamaican slaveowners. Harris is a genuinely familial name in her case.

    This should be publicized widely. Where did you get that info? Her Jamaican father is very light. Has at most 25% African blood. So no surprise here if she has white slave owners in her family tree. One branch of her family was oppressing the other.

    Of course she is a fake African-American. She has no family history in the United States. No slavery history in the US and she married at late childless spinster age a white man who is Jewish. What a phony! Tucker Carlson needs to blow her up the way he blew up Kristen Gillbrand a few days ago

    • Replies: @sayless
  46. Clyde says:

    She may have been an embarrassment to him with his associates at Stanford during her Willie Brown days.

    This all took place within the elite circles of that petri dish known as California. I will say your theory is correct. Plus Kams spent many formative years with her mother growing up in Canada. Then this rootless cosmopolitan parachutes back into California and starts embarrassing her father Professor in Stanford.

    • Replies: @Anon
  47. TheOldOne says:

    Harris is either a fool or a knave–probably both.

    • Replies: @Olorin
  48. Joe H says:

    I am amazed by how stupid this half Jewish guy turned out to be. Also, his name sounds like it was invented by P.G. Wodehouse as a friend for Bertie Wooster.

  49. @MEH 0910

    A rational person would conclude that the increase in “hate crimes” was most likely an increase in “hate crime hoaxes.”

  50. BB753 says:

    Is there a single American who doesn’t know that hanging a man by the neck until death occurs is a criminal act?

  51. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Jamaicans claim that weed was brought to Jamaica when slavery ended and Indians were brought in. It seems to be common knowledge.

  52. @PiltdownMan

    No, what all those people should be saying is, “We are sorry that we were so quick to believe evil about MAGA-hat-wearing people. Smollett tried to frame them, and we bought into it. Although we are appalled at the duplicity and stupidity that Smollett showed, we are glad to realize that America isn’t really as hostile a place for black people as our campaigns will be working so hard to demonstrate.”

  53. Olorin says:

    [email protected] is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know.

    Tell us more, Bennett Marco.

  54. Olorin says:

    Perhaps she needs to play a little solitaire.

  55. fitzGetty says:

    … the word is marxist … that’s m a r x is t …

  56. Corn says:
    @Steve Sailer

    That was tragic. Trump’s luck ran out earlier than that, when people saw there was no wall being built.

  57. sayless says:

    I read that her father talked about his slave-owning grandparents, I think to a Jamaican paper (which I haven’t seen.) Have seen it brought forward independently of that twice more since she made her call for reparations a few days ago.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  58. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Slavery ended in the English islands in 1833 Donald Harris was born in 1938. Unless his father and grandfathers lived into their 9os and fathered children at very advanced ages it would be impossible for him to have slave owning grandparents Well, actor Anthony Wuinn and Norman Lear fathered children in their 80s so it’s possible.

    All the biographies say the Harris’s divorced when kamala wa 5 and the mother moved to Canada so her parents could help her raise the children

    That usually means financial help from the mothers parents as well baby sitting etc. plus it’s difficult to get child support from another country. The biographies also say little contact

    So there’s a good chance Donald didn’t support his children all those years. When that happens the children are told and it’s true that the reason they can’t have this or that is because Daddy doesn’t pay child support.
    So it’s very possible that the black Stanford professor is just another black man who drifted away from his children. And didn’t support them. Typical black family no matter what high level affirmative action job the father(if known) has. Kamala arrived in San Francisco in the mid 80s. Donald was just 50 miles away yet there was little contact

    Donald is a Marxist professor still emeritus on the Stanford website. Angela Davis is a communist professor active with black extremists She bought the guns used to murder 11 people in the Marin county courthouse. What are the chances 2 black communist professors knew each other?

    I doubt Harris knows Davis. She always presented herself as middle of the road. Associating with Davis is the kiss of death for black politicians Harris’ age.

  59. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    I doubt anyone in Palo Alto knew about Brown and Harris when they were lovers. Since there was little contact between father and daughter I doubt she told him about her affair.

    Donald is a dead beat Dad who abandoned his children. Non custodial parents can easily get a court order that the custodial parent cannot take the children out of the country. Non custodial parents whose children live far away usually have the children the entire summer. Donald obviously never requested these things. They got divorced around 1970 30 years before judges granted restraining orders just on the mother’s say so.

    Typical black father who abandoned his children. How dare he criticize his daughter because she, like every other politician in the country and the majority of the population favors legal marijuana.?

    And Jamaica is well known as the first nation where marijuana was widely and blatantly used. He can’t deny it. And he’s a Marxist not a conservative old fuddy duddy. What kind of parent criticizes a child who rose to the US senate and is running for president.

    Most parents would be very proud. But Donald critizes her. Typical black father who abandoned his kids.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  60. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Looked at overweight men lately? Especially in summer when they dress like 3 year olds in oversized shorts and T shirts with the monstrous pot belly hanging out

  61. Clyde says:

    Thanks. Kams father seems a bit right wing. Maybe he will throw more barbs at her candidacy and mess it up/ Difficult to claim black heritage when your black father rejects you.

  62. Clyde says:

    I doubt anyone in Palo Alto knew about Brown and Harris when they were lovers.

    Columnist Herb Caen alluded to it. He was very widely read. When I visited California I read his columns and once looked for a Mexican hole in the wall restaurant he liked.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  63. @Clyde

    Right. Willie Brown was famous in California as the Speaker of the Assembly when he took up with Kamala. Term limits in California are largely due to citizens wanting to get Willie out of the Assembly.

    He’s a guy who never got to national politics, but he was a huge figure in California politics, which is no mean thing. He’s probably second to Jerry Brown as a California politician of his generation, and Willie was wholly self-made, while Jerry was the son of a famous two-term governor who was only terminated by Ronald Reagan.

  64. @TheJester

    “Intestinal diseases”, “a premium on looking frail and effiminate” I’m sorry but you are stuck in the 1950s. This sounds like a PSA they’d show 13 year olds in schools warning them of random creepy gay men trying to pick them up on the street.

    Gays do not suffer from intestinal diseases (were you thinking of anal sex? I’m sorry to say you have no idea how that works), and there is no premium on looking frail nowadays. Gays want muscle and beards, that’s the new beauty ideal and has been for a while. If anything, gay men nowadays are far more fit and eat more so they can keep up the calorie counts that bodybuilding demands.

    Drugs and alcohol, yes, you’re right. There are huge issues with that among gay men. Maybe the fact they were raised surrounded by people who say things like what you just commented has something to do with it.

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